They just got a different tool to use than we do: They kill innocent lives to achieve objectives. That's what they do. And they're good. They get on the TV screens and they get people to ask questions about, well, you know, this, that or the other. I mean, they're able to kind of say to people: Don't come and bother us, because we will kill you. Bush - Joint News Conference with Blair - 28 July '06

Friday, September 16, 2005

China could become world's largest exporter by 2010

oecd: China could overtake the US and Germany to become the largest exporter in the world in the next five years. By then, Chinese goods and services could represent as much as 10% of global trade compared with 6% at present, according to the OECD.

In its first Economic Survey of China, the OECD says the current pace of economic growth - averaging more than 9% annually over the past two decades - shows no sign of slowing. But although economic dynamism has helped reduce the number of Chinese living in absolute poverty, income levels are still low and inequality is on the rise, not only between the cities and rural regions - average incomes in the countryside are only one third of those in the cities - but also within the more prosperous coastal provinces. Read more